Are Captain Kirk’s days numbered in Chicago?
They may both be headed out of Chicago within the next two weeks.
Mayor Daley is going to have to take some action if Chicago’s sports teams keep this up. We can’t keep sending jobs out of this city.
First, the Blackhawks outsourced jobs to crazy outposts like Nashville and Edmonton. And now it seems like the Bulls are intent on sending workers to Washington D.C. or Sacramento, California.
Rick Bucher of ESPN reports that the Bulls have tentatively secured a deal with the Washington Wizards to trade Kirk Hinrich and the 17th pick in this year’s draft. His sources were unclear as to what the Bulls would receive in turn. No matter how good you think Hinrich is, I doubt we’re getting the #1 pick this year in return. Would next year’s Wizards first round pick be a possibility?
From the Wizards point of view, I can see why they are making this deal if they fear that Gilbert Arenas will do irreparable damage to John Wall without some kind of mitigating veteran presence to share minutes with both of them. I guess it’s not the craziest thing in the world if they use Kirk to form a three-headed monster sharing minutes at the PG and SG spots and making up for Gilbert’s below average defense (his steals numbers have always been misleading).
What would the Bulls receive in return? If they did take a player back, the Wizards’ only other guard under contract for 2010-’11 is Nick Young, who is due to make $2.8 million. I doubt they’ll want to take on any contracts for this year and ruin the chance of signing two max players, so I’ll assume they would be angling for future draft picks. And if this is the case, it would work out rather well. Whomever they sign with the money saved from Hinrich’s contract will be an improvement over Hinrich, no slight to Kirk’s contributions over the years. Thus the trade would come down to being a swap of the 17th pick for whatever pick the Wizards offer. Even if it’s not a first round pick next year, but maybe the year after that, the Wizards aren’t going anywhere fast and it will likely be better than where the Bulls sit in this year’s weak draft. And as a potential contender with the right free agent signings, the Bulls would be smart to accumulate future picks to use to prolong their success.
This trade wouldn’t be able to go through until July 8th when the Wizards would have enough salary cap room to not have to take back a matching salary. And if this falls through Bucher also reports the Sacramento Kings are interested in making a similar deal for Hinrich. The man has trade value after all! Stay tuned for more details.